INS Tarragona


About us

Institut Tarragona is a secondary state school which was founded in the school year 2009-2010. The high school is located temporarily in the city centre in the old university building Rovira I Virgili in the Plaça Imperial Tàrraco nº1.

The school has begun this school year with a staff of 32 teachers and currently there are approximately 300 students on roll. Most of the students come from two Primary schools: CEIP Pax and Escola de Pràctiques.
As a secondary school it provides a compulsory curriculum up to 3rd of ESO, students from age 12 to age 14, however, in the future the school has been designed to offer education up to 2nd of Batxillerat (up to age 17).
The main school objective is to provide the students with an integral education based on the students’ personal autonomy, helping them to develop a sense of responsibility, solidarity, independence and participation. The school guides them on how to achieve a commitment both individual and corporative to participate actively in a democratic society.

The educational work of this school is based on five main aims that cannot be waived:

1. The presence in the city
2. Coordination with the Primary school of reference
3. Open School: Participation of the families involved
4. Technologies for learning and acquiring knowledge
5. Promoting the learning of foreign languages
Related with this, our school is keen on students learning a “first” foreign language on the one hand, and a “second” foreign language as an optional subject, without renouncing the introduction of a “third” foreign language if they wish. They have the possibility of going abroad on international exchange programmes and joining projects in the second cycle of ESO. In this sense, our school is also involved in several projects regarding foreign languages and computers:

"PELE", Comenius and other international exchanges.

"PELE" is an experimental project of foreign languages aimed at students in the 3rd of ESO, which provides integrated teaching and learning of foreign languages. In this case teaching includes: Natural Sciences, Physics, Chemistry and Technology taught in English.
The Comenius project is also directed to students in their 2nd Cycle of ESO, there are 4 European high schools involved in this project called “Living in my city, improving my city”
By using this methodology based on projects in different areas, and focusing on English as a global language, we are able to engage our students with widely different activities and interests. Furthermore, they also learn how to use English as a tool for learning. Therefore, they can be more motivated as they see the relevance of English to their lives.

Marta Prat & Anna Pérez with SMiLEt Carolin Haag 

Pauline Unger